Amita Kanekar is an architecture historian and writer of historical fiction, who also teaches at the Goa College of Architecture. The second edition of her book 'A Spoke in the Wheel' (HarperCollins 2005), a novel about the Buddha and early Buddhism, was recently published by Navayana, Delhi. Her current projects include a book on the Portuguese sea-forts of Goa, a study of Nayaka temples in western Karnataka, as well as a novel set in the Mughal period.
Her talk is an introduction to the beginnings of Buddhism, including a look at its origins, message, and early impact, and an attempt to place it in its historical context. Part of the History Hour series at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim, Goa February 12, 2015. Recorded by FN.